Blue Sky EDII Projects

Support for Student, Staff & Faculty Initiatives

Smith welcomes project proposals to promote innovations in fostering an inclusive and safe academic and work environment in which students, staff and faculty possess a strong sense of belonging, and are empowered to thrive. Projects could include, but are not limited to, the creation of new active learning opportunities, teaching materials, resources, technologies, events, and safe spaces aimed at increasing awareness and addressing EDII related issues.

Submission deadline: First round: 5:00 pm January 25, 2021; Second round: 5:00 pm July 5, 2021. It is expected that up to 10 to 12 projects may be funded in total (i.e. both competitions combined). Submit to:

Students, staff and faculty in Smith are invited to form a team of three to five members (with team members from at least two of the three groups) and submit a well-defined proposal that includes the following:

  1. Project title and primary contact
  2. List of team members (name, status (student, staff, faculty), and respective role related to the project)
  3. A brief description of the project suitable for posting (max 200 words)
  4. Project description:
    1. How is it innovative and how does it align with Smith’s commitment and pledge to EDII?
    2. Planned activities and timeline
    3. Indicators of success
    4. Long term benefits and potential for broader applicability (describe)
    5. A detailed budget to a maximum of $4,000 which must include all costs including materials and services. See eligible expenses below 1
    6. A statement indicating whether funding is being sought or has been received from other sources to support the current proposal in part or in whole (if received, please provide details)

Selection Criteria

  1. Diversity of the team (e.g. includes students, staff and/or faculty)
  2. Alignment with Smith EDII commitment and pledge
  3. Innovation, creativity and defined deliverable(s)
  4. Appropriate means of evaluating success
  5. Impact

Selection Process

The selection committee will include three students (two undergraduates, one graduate), two Smith faculty, two Smith staff and the Dean’s delegate shall serve as chair.

Submit proposal to:

1 Eligible expenses include material costs, technical services, student stipend(s), limited event-related expenses.